Things are getting serious at Buckingham Palace. First, last week, secret plans were leaked about the plans in place for the eventual passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Now, rumors are running wild that Prince Harry will propose to his girlfriend Meghan Markle soon. The betting shop Betfair is offering 9/4 odds that Harry of Wales will pop the question soon, but since Markle is a divorcee, is this actually a possibility at all?
At the beginning of the month, the couple attended the wedding of Harry’s friend Tom Inskip, which was held in Montenego Bay in Jamaica. It was the first time the pair were socializing in public, and an insider has spoken about the nature of their relationship.
“Make no mistake, he is head over heels about her. This one could go all the way.”
“He was blown away by the romantic setting and told friends he wants his own wedding to have a similar feel,” the source added.
Suits and Fringe star Markle married film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011 before divorcing two years later. In November last year, the Buckingham Palace press service confirmed the relationship and asked journalists to refrain from ‘harassing’ the actress’ family.
In the past, the royal family’s rules prevented its members from marrying divorcées. The monarchy used to abide by the Church of England’s teachings about Christian marriage being indissoluble. The abdication of King Edward VIII after just 326 on the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson has become a part of both British folklore and popular culture.
The monarchy has since relaxed its views on marriage, but marrying a divorcée is still only possible with the monarch’s blessing. The first such case happened in 2005, when the Queen famously gave permission for Prince Charles to marry fellow divorcée Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
When Meghan Markle was not invited to attend the royal Christmas dinner last year, it was rumored that the Queen might be opposed to the couple’s relationship. However, experts have claimed that her absence was purely a matter of protocol, and the only way for the Los Angeles-born to attend such events was for her to become the Prince’s spouse.
And when Markle was reported to have met Queen Elizabeth on Mother’s Day on the 26th of March, the odds about the couple officializing their relationship suddenly went up.
A source told the Daily Star: “Meghan is headed to meet the Queen on Mother’s Day. She’s already been given the green light from Prince Charles, the next step is the Prince’s grandmother.”